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Private Herbert Cave

33578 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

KerbstoneSon of Mr Henry and Mrs Mary A. Cave

Aged 20 years

Died 13th July 1918

Commemorated St. Amand British Cemetery
Grave IV. B.4.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave E.1172

Born and resided at Rushden, enlisted at Northampton.
Rushden Echo, July 26th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List

Mr and Mrs H. Cave, of 24, Oswald-road, Rushden, received a letter on July 25th confirming the report of the death of their son, 33578, Pte. Herbert Cave, aged 20, of the Herts Regiment.  The sad news was sent by the officer commanding the company in which Pte. Cave was serving.  The deceased soldier joined up on August 28th, 1916, and went to France on December 29th of that year.  He was on leave from France in January of this year, and has been in the firing line practically the whole of the time since he returned.  Mrs Cave has lost one other son in the war, viz., Pte. Albert Cave (Northants Regiment) who was killed on the Somme, in the advance of 1916.  She has one other son who has been a prisoner of war in Germany since the early part of the war, and two other sons are still serving with the Colours, viz. Arthur (R.A.M.C.) in France, and William (R.A.F.) in Orkney Islands.  The late Pte. Herbert Cave was in the employment of Messrs. G. Selwood and Co., boot manufacturers, Rushden, before joining the Colours.  Lieut. Kemp writes under date July 20th to the deceased soldier’s father as follows: “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, No. 33578, Pte. H. Cave.  Your son was killed instantaneously by a shell last Saturday.  He was on duty in an anti-aircraft Lewis gun post at the time, and the shell fell right into the post, killing your son and another man at once.  I was very upset when I heard your son was killed as I have known him personally for some time past, as I was in charge of his platoon for ten months.  When I took over the duties of Battn. Lewis Gun Officer I immediately applied for your son to become a head-quarters Lewis gunner.  I have now lost him and feel his loss very much, as he was certainly one of my very best gunners.  He was always cheerful and did his work well.  I could always rely on him, and that means a good deal to an officer out here.  I offer you my deepest sympathy in your great loss and pray that God will give you strength to bear it.  Your son has been buried in a British cemetery, the position of which you will be able to ascertain from the Graves Registration Committee.”  The news is further confirmed by the deceased’s friend, Pte. S. Austin, who in a letter to Mr and Mrs Cave says: “Herbert was very well liked by all the company and officers, and he was the best mate I have ever had.”

Rushden Echo, August 2nd, 1918

Rushden’s Casualty List

Mr and Mrs H. Cave, of 24, Oswald-road, Rushden, have now received official news that their son, Pte. Herbert Cave, Hertfordshire Regiment, was killed in action by a shell on July 13th.  An unofficial intimation of the casualty appeared in last week’s “Rushden Echo.”  Mr and Mrs H. Cave and family wish to thank the many friends for their kind sympathy in this bereavement.

Kettering Leader, 9th August 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Casualties

The unofficial news that Pte. Herbert Cave, Hertfordshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Cave, of 24, Oswald-road, Rushden, was killed in action by a shell on July 13th has been officially confirmed.

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